New Release Round-Up: February 16th

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BRAD PAISLEY – ‘OFF ROAD’

Brad’s been featured recently on a couple of collaborations with up-and-coming country artists, but ‘Off Road’ is his first new tune for 10 months when he released ‘No I In Beer’. He penned the song with Lee Thomas Miller and Ross Copperman, who also produced.

The new song is the first from Brad’s forthcoming 12th studio album, and his first full-length project since ‘Love and War’ in 2017.

‘Off Road’ tells the tale of an independent woman living life on her own terms who will “burst through the roadblocks to get where she wants to go”.

MAE ESTES – ‘ROSES’

We have highlighted the emergence of Mae Estes previously – she’s a huge talent. She recently signed a publishing deal in Nashville and has been releasing a steady stream of quality singles that are helping to spread the word.

The production on ‘Roses’ is spot on, and she’s now beginning to get some traction on streaming platforms and radio. We think this girl’s going places….

JOSH KERR FT. SHELBY DARRALL – ‘IF THIS IS THE END’

Josh is described as a “songwriter’s songwriter” and he’s had a very successful career to date with hits that have been performed by other artists. Two #1 hits for Kelsea Ballerini, ‘Dibs’ and ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’. Dylan Scott’s ‘My Girl’. Keith Urban’s ‘Never Coming Down’. Just to name a few!

He’s also an artist in his own right, and released an album in 2019 titled ‘How You Remember Me’. We have featured his recent output on our weekly lists and we now have his latest offering, a gem of a song featuring the guest vocals of Shelby Darrall.

LAURA OAKES – ‘DO IT FOR YOU (ACOUSTIC)’

Always a pleasure to include one of our own in our weekly list.

Laura has just released a five-track acoustic version of her EP ‘How Big Is Your World’, which she released last year, and the featured track from the new project is ‘Do It For You (Acoustic)’.

It’s such a pity that the music that was released in 2020 hasn’t had a chance to be heard in a live setting. We miss seeing Laura live!

SHELBY LEE LOWE – ‘MISS TENNESSEE’

There has been a batch of releases this week that are very much in the ‘traditional’ category, and this is one of them.

Shelby Lee Lowe was born very close to Music City. It was inevitable that he was going to be drawn into the scene that he describes as ‘Neo-Traditional’. He signed a publishing deal with Banner Music in 2016 and released his self-titled album the same year.

We are loving ‘Miss Tennessee’ and yearning for the days when we can see performers of his ilk making the trip over to our festivals and spreading the word.

HANNAH DASHER – ‘LEFT RIGHT’

Continuing the traditional theme, Hannah Dasher’s latest gem is a sure-fire dance hall favourite.

She’s from Savannah, Georgia and moved to Nashville to chase her dream. Early days were spent selling fishing boats at Bass Pro Shops, and nights performing at various writers nights and local shows where she earned her nickname ‘Hannah Damn Dasher’ from her fellow artists.

She’s moved on since then, and now includes Brad Paisley as the recipient of one of her songs. She’s signed with Sony Music Nashville and made her Opry debut on the 3rd February.

TYLER HALVERSON – ‘BEER GARDEN BABY’

The debut single from South Dakotan Tyler Halverson is ‘Beer Garden Baby’, written with Nate Fredrick and Ryan Nelson. It’s a song that relates to the days of playing fairs and shows but not always landing the big stage.

He’s just starting out, and the intention is to release a bunch of singles and build up momentum towards a full album down the line. He’s taken the traditional move across to Nashville to see what opportunities this will bring.

BO ARMSTRONG FT. MADISON RODGES – ‘I LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE’

We were able to highlight the work of Bo Armstrong last summer when he released ‘Here’s Looking At You Kid’. His latest release is another cool tune. A duet with Texas native Madison Rodges, which tells the tale of a relationship that required a lot of effort but ultimately didn’t work out.

We thoroughly recommend Bo’s album ‘Chasing Ballads’, released last November.

KENNY FOSTER – ‘LONELY LAND’

Is there a better singer-songwriter that can create such magic with just a guitar than Kenny Foster? Kenny’s been looking back over his catalogue of songs, and is giving us the chance to appreciate them in a series he calls ‘The Vintage Collection’.

‘Lonely Land’ is the second release, and follows ’Love You Know’ which he recently recorded with Mae Estes. It was written with Mando Saenz and produced by Mitch Dane in Nashville.

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